At 1st Advantage Business Solutions, Inc. we are truly blessed because we have all generations on our team. I am from Generation X and being born just two years earlier than Generation Y, I often find myself thinking and thriving like a millennial; however, other times I find myself breaking barriers like a baby boomer.
Why do we have labels anyways?
Like it or not, the labels are there, so I have come to embrace them as a characteristic. We all have different characteristics, personalities and traits that make us who we are. So does that mean that I am better than you or that you are better than me? One generation is not better than the other; together we all make a beautiful story that continues time after time and one that always inspires the next generation to be better. I think that as a society we have made wonderful improvements thanks to the previous generations and what they have contributed. Our job is to take hold of the good things and run with them, but at the same time learn from the mistakes of previous generations and improve upon them.
What can I say about millennials entering the workforce?
They have created challenging opportunities.
Millennials have challenged employers to:
Be more transparent with their intentions
Create responsibilities instead of duties
Create opportunities for collaboration
Create openings for advancement
For a generation accustomed to running a business a certain way, these pose enormous challenges but if these challenges are not embraced as opportunities, your company will miss out on the innovative and new meaning of success in today’s business world. Like I mentioned before, I do not inherently like labels because they tend to wash away the unique qualities of individuals. The future success of your organization will largely depend on how you view the world through the eyes of each generation on your staff, not necessarily how you view them based on the generation they are labeled.
Therefore, don’t get sidetracked by today’s hot topics. On the contrary, have an open mind about Generation Y, and don’t hinder the potential that your company has in soaring above the competition. Embrace all generations in the workforce because Generation Z will be entering the workforce before we know it.